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Interview with Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam Abdeluheb Choho: "We consider sustainability as an engine for society and a driver of the economy"
Interview with Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam Abdeluheb Choho: "We consider sustainability as an engine for society and a driver of the economy"
6 December 2017 - 10:14

In the November issue of the Covenant of Mayors newsletter, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam Abdeluheb Choho told us about his city's long term vision, the main difficulties they have been facing in implemeting their energy and climate strategy and how the Covenant of Mayors have been helping...

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Interview available in all EU languages

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The City of Amsterdam joined the Covenant of Mayors in 2009, and has committed to reducing its CO2 emissions by 40% by 2025. Could you tell us more about your city’s long term vision as regards climate and energy?

Amsterdam is a dedicated supporter of the Paris Climate Agreement and integrated sustainability concepts. We consider sustainability as an engine for society and a driver of the economy. Therefore, Amsterdam strives to become entirely fossil-fuel free and independent from coal, oil and gas on the long term. The result will be a creative and varied city, economically and socially strong, with a healthy living environment.

Amsterdam has positioned itself as one of the frontrunners in climate action by taking the bold decision to phase out of natural gas heating by 2050. We have made this decision without clearly knowing how to reach our goal. But if you never start, you’ll never be able to find out what it is the best way to do it! Setting objectives and timelines is necessary to show what we wish to achieve regarding major issues such as climate change, air pollution and natural resource scarcity. However, the real challenge is to start action: going beyond visions and scenarios, and pragmatically start acting in our city with many stakeholders involved. [...] Read more

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